I finally watched it last night. I agree that it was really odd to have split the group like that and have them choose the way they have done. Would have made more sense (if space were an issue) to have them all make their clothes in the two separate groups, then have one longer runway show so they could have chosen from all the designers at one time. All of the designing and sewing (and workroom drama) on week one, then the runway show, discussion of designers and choosing teams on week two.
My gut feeling is that Natalia will end up in the final 3 . . . just because of the way the first episode was edited to make her look like an out-of-control mess.